Rouen has 2 cruise terminals: one west and one southwest of the center. Tourist information and taxis are available. The city center is a 10 min ride or a 25 min walk.
Rouen will be extending the quays of the Seine to welcome cruise ships of up to 250 meters in length at its Rouen cruise terminal, according to a press release. In that way, Rouen will be able to host the first cruise ships of this length in spring 2023. It makes for a comfortable and pleasant walk from the ship to the historical city center. A mix of nature, restaurants, bars, terraces, nightlife, culture, shopping, leisure and sports activities wikk draw locals and visitors alike to discover the attractiveness of the Seine
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As you walk through the historical center, past half timbered houses, discover architectural treasures for example Gothic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, St Ouen Abbey, Saint Maclou Church and the Palais de Justice or Renaissance style monuments like the Gros Horloge, Saint Maclou Ossuary and the Bourgtheroulde Mansion.
You can also enjoy a walk along the river which reminds you that the development of the city was due to its port which is still successful.
There are horse-drawn carriages and a tourist 'little train'.
The Metrobus system winds through the city of Rouen via buses and light rails and there are always plenty of taxis. Bicycles can be rented for peddling around from Rouen Cycles on rue St-Eloi.
The Manoir de Villers: Remain of the centuries, the Manor house is the witness of the daily country life: "maison des champs" (country house) of people from the High Society of Rouen, it recalls of a way of life made of honors, obligations, and pleasures. The Manor is open from April 1st to October 31th. On Saturdays from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. On Sundays and holidays from 3.00 pm to 6.30pm (7€/person, 3€/child -14 years old and the disabled). All through the year on request. Guided tour of the manor and the parc.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Paris from Rouen: It is 84 miles/135km (about 1 1/4 hours) and approximately $42 (35 euros) round trip for a first-class train ticket to Paris. Trains to and from Paris/Rouen run frequently and reservations aren't required. The first train from Rive Droite Station on rue Jeanne-d'Arc to St. Lazare in Paris is usually just before 6 a.m. The last train out of Paris is close to 9 p.m. Contact SNCF (www.sncf.com) for further information. For first time Paris visitors a shore excursion is recommended.
By shore excursion: situated on the right bank of the Seine, Giverny is known all over the world for the famous paintings of Claude Monet, who lived in the village from 1883 to his death in 1926. Monet's house and gardens are now a museum, and a guided visit of the museum reveals the life and works of the artist. Inspired by the lily pond he created, Monet produced the huge canvases of the Nympheas series, The Garden, and The Cathedral of Rouen among others
Rouen is an antiques capital, with more than 80 vendors in the Old Town. The best hunting ground is in Vieux Rouen (the Old Town), along rue Eau-de-Robec, place Barthélémy, rue Damiette, and rue St-Romain.
Normandy: A region rich in gastronomic tradition. Rich butter and cream sauces, cider and Calvados, sole from Dieppe and duck from Rouen.
A visit to Rouen, with its magnificent gothic cathedral and often voted the best gastronomic city of the region will offer those with a sense of adventure canard Rouennaise made with Rouen duck cooked in its blood and the juices of the crushed carcase and mixed with Calvados.
For Internet check with the local tourist office at 25, place de la Cathédrale.
Local emergency number: 112
Most shops, businesses, information services, museums and banks in France stay open all day. The exceptions are the smaller shops and enterprises, which may close for lunch sometime between 12.30pm and 2pm. Basic hours of business are from 8 or 9am to 6.30 or 7.30pm Monday to Saturday for the big shops and Tuesday to Saturday for smaller shops (some of the smaller shops may open on Monday afternoon). You can always find boulangeries and food shops that do stay open, however, on days when others close – on Sunday normally until noon.
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